West Indies in Bangladesh 2012-13 December 9, 2012

Mortaza out for three weeks

Mashrafe Mortaza has been sidelined for the next three weeks, Mushfiqur Rahim has confirmed. Mortaza missed the fifth ODI with a thigh strain which has put him at risk for the one-off Twenty20 against West Indies on Monday.

"Mashrafe bhai's situation is very risky and we will lose him for a long time if we ask him to play again in this series," Mushfiqur said. "We want to give him a break, but I am sure he will recover within the next 2-3 weeks. He will get better."

Mashrafe, apparently, played with this injury in the third and fourth ODIs as well, which aggravated the strain. It forced the team to make a last-minute switch by including Shafiul Islam as the only pace bowler in the Bangladesh attack.

Mortaza has undergone ten surgeries on both knees in his 11-year international career. "I don't think he's a human being. He played the last two matches with pain and I don't think anyone else could have done what he's done. Hats off to him," said Mushfiqur.

He made his last major comeback in March to play the Asia Cup, after he broke down with a knee injury a month before the 2011 World Cup. At the time of return, Mashrafe had said he would only be available for limited-overs cricket.

He was named in the Twenty20 side for the one-off game against West Indies.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Sami on December 11, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    A rare fast bowler of Bangladesh but real shame his career has been hampered by a lot of injuries but I like the way he fights and comes back. His body can easily get damaged and there's nothing you can really do but just to manage it carefully. I will strongly advise for him and his team that that forget about Mashrafe bowing in tests and just concentrate on ODIs and T20s because we need him for many more years until Bangladesh can produce lots of good fast bowlers.

  • Suman on December 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    I really like Mashrafe. I wish he could stay healthy throughout his career. It would certainly have helped Bangladesh (especially in tests). But is it me, or does he seem to get injured at the sight of his shadow?

  • A on December 10, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    You are an inspiration Mashrafe! Get well soon!

  • Jalal on December 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    This guy is a great motivation and boost for the team. He should be more careful while playing. Get well soon masheafee.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on December 9, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    He should retire 4m First class cricket & focus on OD & T20.

  • Farhan on December 9, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Again :(. This guy has 161 wickets from 127 match I think. If he wasnt so injury prone he could have played more than 150 matches and probably would have got his 200th wicket. I hope he come back soon :)

  • Alimah Raidah on December 9, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Good Luck Mashrafe! You are our hero! May Allah cures you permanently!

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